Short biography

Sara Irina Fabrikant has been a full professor of geography at the University of Zurich since 2013 and headed the Geography Department there from 2014 to 2016. Her research focuses primarily on geographical information science. She was co-initiator of the UZH Digital Society Initiative, which she led as co-director from 2017 to 2021.

Sara Irina Fabrikant studied geography, history and cartography at the University of Zurich and the ETH Zurich from 1990 to 1996. She was awarded a Rotary International Scholarship to study geographic information science (GISience) and remote sensing for one academic year at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch (New Zealand). In 2000 she gained a PhD in geography with a special focus on GIScience from the University of Colorado in Boulder (USA). In 1999 she worked as a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Geography of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (USA). The following year she moved to California, where she worked for five years as an assistant teaching and research professor in GIScience and Cartography at the Department of Geography of the University of California, Santa Barbara, California (USA). In 2005 she was appointed associate professor at the Geography Department of the University of Zurich. 

Sara Irina Fabrikant was vice president of the International Cartographic Association from 2015 to 2019.

She has been a member of the Swiss Science Council since 2016.

She was born on 27 September 1967 in Zurich, and lives with her partner. She has Swiss and French nationality.

University of Zurich
Prof. Sara Irina Fabrikant
Department of Geography
CH-8057 Zurich

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